HICO - No football team ever assembled wants the season to end without having something to show for it.
Well, Walnut Springs is no different.
After pulling off playoff defeats of Sidney and Star, there is no doubt that the Walnut Springs Hornets had championship thoughts on their minds.
Unfortunately, those thoughts came to close on Friday night as the Hornets fell to the Woodson Cowboys, 101-63 in Hico.
The Hornets started out strong by matching Woodson step for step in the first half.
Woodson reached the end zone on all three of their possessions in the first quarter, but so did the Hornets.
Walnut Springs got their first points when Johnathan Stack took one in from seven yards out.
Their next two scores came on passes from Stack to Eddie Whitt of 30 and 58 yards respectively.
Woodson missed on two extra point attempts, while WS only missed on one, giving the Hornets a 21-20 lead going into the second quarter.
A second quarter turnover allowed Woodson to pull away. Eddie Whitt found Zach Turnham all alone behind the Cowboy defense, but the Woodson safety caught up to the Hornet receiver and stripped the ball giving Woodson the ball, which would lead to a 35-yard touchdown trot to put the Cowbos ahead, 35-21.
Walnut Springs would answer with a four-yard run by Stack, but the Woodson offense could not be stopped.
Woodson scored on their next two posessions, with a 32-yard touchdown from Stack to Jacob White in the middle, making the score 51-37 at halftime.
Turnovers would turn out to be the downfall for the Hornets. Whitt stripped the ball from the Cowboy rusher, which looked to turn the contest around for the Hornets. However, a costly interception would void out the fumble and Woodson continued to pile on the points.
Jacob White hauled in a 62-yard touchdown pass with 7:20 left in the third quarter, but then was forced to leave the game on the next series with a leg injury.
Following the turnovers and injury, the fight appeared to be dwindling for the Hornets.
Walnut Springs only posted four scores in the second half, three of which were kickoff returns by Caleb Ballesteros of 65, 83 and 70 yards.
Walnut Springs will look to rebuild for next season despite losing key seniors such as White, Ballesteros and Turnham, but have a strong group of juniors led by Whitt and Stack.
Woodson will move on to face Borden in Frenship this week.